As I have wrote previously, when I made JJ's Sister of Battle costume I was trying things for a first time - making armor, decorations, and such. With this costume I have learned to improvise.
Jazzy described genesis of the idea of this cosplay in the Gothic and Amazing magazine, but there are few things left to explain.
You don't start adventuring as Rogue Trader (well, you could, but that is other RPG ). So she started as a noble born scum or to be exact, conwoman, practically blackmailed in joining Inquisition. Over the course of the adventure she discovered she is a last surviving relative of the long lost and quite sinister Rogue Trader line, acquired her family warrant and helped save a good part of universe.
So any cosplay had to have parts of both Rogue Trader's grandeur and Scum's brutality. "Brutal but pretty, pretty but brutal" would be a best description.
Alas, in this first part it was not reflected that much in the costume, since we were focused on finishing a costume in time of European Team Championship 2013. which was conveniently in Novi Sad, Serbia.
First we decided that Jazzy will take care about clothing (and I decided she will write a comment about it), and as usual, I will cover props.
First one, and probably most utilitarian was a book-bag. We decided she should have some book and I had appropriately ancient one - 1920s photo album with beautiful binding. Alas, I could not find it. So, to prevent everything going to shit before it even started, I have made a book, or rather book that could be used as a bag. It was made of combination of plasticard, aluminium and thin wood, covered in book binding material and paper to give an illusion of real book. Purity seal, aquilla, chaos star and few skulls later it was finished...
Then a hat, cause Rogue Trader has to have a fancy hat. We could not find felt one in time so Jazzy found straw one, fortunately black. (Let "redneck rogue trader" jokes roll...) I have made two decorations, one a compass like thing, other from the Games Workshop terrain piece, representing Pied piper leading a rats just as an ancient course led players in the adventure. Jazzy added fake pearls around it. Decoration was finished with a clock spring acting as an ersatz feather.
Inquisitorial earrings, cut out of the thin brass sheet finished "head" part of the cosplay.
We added scroll case for a Rogue Trader's warrant hanging from her belt, Inquisitorial symbol, aquilla decorations for a (really horrible) sandals.
Epaulettes came from t-shirt.
One thing you might notice is a repainted Nerf as her pistol. To this day that is my single biggest embarrassment (words cannot describe my hate for a repainted Nerf guns featured so prominently in cosplay), but there was simply no time left to make her weapons...
In the end I have to say that Jazzy wore that coplay much better than it was made, and seeds of the future work were planted in my brain.
But that is a story for another journal entry...